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Here are the Browns' players of the week on offense, defense and special teams for Week Five.
Offense: Peyton Hillis
Hillis rushed for just 28 yards on 10 carries but caught a 19-yard TD pass and racked up 49 yards receiving on four catches in the 20-10 loss to Atlanta. Hillis was not at full strength because of a quadriceps injury but made a key contribution all the same. "I was nicked up the whole time," Hillis said after the game. "... I came out there today and tried to warm it up, hoping it would loosen up a little to where I could play and wouldn't feel it, but that wasn't the case. I went out there and knew I wasn't 100 percent, but I knew that my teammates needed me. I wanted to stay out there for them."
Defense: Scott Fujita
On the first series of the third quarter, Fujita sacked QB Matt Ryan and forced a fumble that was recovered by DE Kenyon Coleman. The Browns converted the turnover into points, with PK Phil Dawson hitting a 19-yard field goal to give Cleveland a 10-6 lead early in the third quarter. OLB Fujita has 27 tackles, 2½ sacks and two forced fumbles this season, with the forced fumbles coming in back-to-back weeks and both leading to Browns points.
Special teams: T.J. Ward
Ward, the Browns' most productive rookie this season, blocked a 30-yard field-goal attempt by Falcons PK Matt Bryant with 1:46 left in the second quarter, preserving a 7-6 lead for the Browns that they would carry into halftime. Ward, who has been a key contributor on the Browns' coverage teams, too, added another special-teams tackle.